Take a guided hike to the Bennett Spring State Park Natural Tunnel May 23

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Volume 37-127 For Immediate Release: May 14, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., -- Explore the diverse landscape at Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon during a guided interpretive hike to the park's natural tunnel on Saturday, May 23. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the Bennett Spring Natural Tunnel Hike will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

You can enjoy the sights and sounds of spring on this 7.5-mile hike along bluffs, through upland and bottomland forests and woodlands, near glades, streams and open meadows, past caves as you hike to the focal point of this daylong adventure -- the Bennett Spring Natural Tunnel. The park's different habitats will be explained and explored along this scenic journey. Participants should bring water, plenty of snacks, a lunch, and wear comfortable hiking shoes. The use of insect repellent is recommended. Those 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

The hike will begin at the trailhead near Bennett Spring. This hike is limited to 25 participants, so reserve your spot now by calling the park's nature center at 417-532-3925 or emailing bennett.spring.nature.center@dnr.mo.gov.

Bennett Spring State Park is located 12 miles west of Lebanon on Highway 64, and then two miles on Highway 64A. For more information, contact the nature center at the number above or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit www.mostateparks.com.

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